Soft Hornwort - Ceratophyllum submersum
A submerged, free-floating bright green aquatic plant having a feathery appearance in water. The leaves are soft and three or four forked. The small flowers are green.
Ceratophyllum demersum (Rigid Hornwort) has leaves that divide no more than twice from their base. C submersum (Soft Hornwort) has leaves divided 3-4 times.
Leaves forked 3 - 4 times
The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification
Ponds, still water.
Flowers July to September.
Locally distributed in England and Wales.
Infrequent and local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 22 of the 617 tetrads.
In the current checklist (Jeeves 2011) it is listed as rare, but possibly overlooked.
It is on the VC55 Rare Plant Register
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